Maurice Cheeks Rumors
Darnell Mayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA head coaches on staff. With Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams and Anthony Grant, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have three former head coaches at his side.
Marc Stein: Maurice Cheeks addendum: Cheeks’ good relationship with Russ Westbrook after his first OKC stint would make him handy aide to Billy Donovan: 1 more rumor
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Another ex-head coach and past Oklahoma City assistant emerging as a possible candidate for Billy Donovan’s staff: Mo Cheeks.
Jonathan Abrams: Called Mo Cheeks for a recent story. Asked if I could ask ?s off record for background. He straight up said, ‘no.’ Gotta respect that.
A week later, in practice, things came to a head. “I came down on a 3-on-1 and hit pull-up 15-footer off the glass and [Cheeks] stopped practice,” says Barnes. “He yells, ‘What are you doing? What are you shooting the ball for? You know that’s not your job, you gotta pass the ball!’” Barnes was shocked “What? But I made the shot.” Said Cheeks: “That’s why you don’t play.’” And then, Barnes says, he lost it. “I was going to chase him down and whoop his ass, so I took off after him and AI grabbed me and I got through him and Chris [Webber] grabbed me and bearhugged me and I said to Mo, ‘You’re lucky.’” Says Barnes now: “I hated Mo Cheeks. He was a dick.”